Thread: Magnitude calculation for the M8.1 April 1, 2007 Solomon Islands earthquake

Started: 2007-04-08 15:24:40
Last activity: 2007-04-08 15:24:40
Topics: IRIS EPO
The M8.1 April 1, 2007 Solomon Islands earthquake provides a good
opportunity to calculate the MS magnitude from your AS-1 seismogram. Or,
use the WLIN seismogram (shown in the attachment and available for
download at SpiNet, http://www.scieds.com/spinet/). If your station is
in the western US, an mb magnitude can also be calculated. For central
and eastern US stations, the first arrival is P-diffracted (see map of
theoretical travel times at:
http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/eq_depot/2007/eq_070401_aqbk/neic_aqbk_t.html).
The epicenter to station distance for the WLIN station is 115.29
degrees. The magnitude can be calculated directly in AmaSeis or from
the AS-1 online magnitude calculator
(http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~braile/edumod/MagCalc/MagCalc.htm). For the
WLIN seismogram, the MS magnitude is 7.7. The official USGS MS
magnitude is 7.8 calculated by averaging values from 157 stations
(http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/eqinthenews/2007/us2007aqbk/).

-Larry Braile


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